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Hi to the family, from Papa and Jesus and me;

I love you all, and we are all one, being bound together by Papa’s love.

To err is human, to forgive divine. This is closer to the truth than you realize. It describes human nature. It does not imply guilt or wrong doing, only messing up, missing it, erring.

The only reason to ever feel guilty is if we offend another person. Then we need to make it right if we can, because love is the answer.

But Jesus says that Papa in not ever offended. So we can relax. We no longer try to make Papa happy by being good.

Grace, Papa’s very voice inside us, teaches us His ways, not a list of dos and don’ts.

When we look for rules to live by, we miss out, big time. We lose the benefit of Papa’s voice, because we are looking at the rules and not listening to Him.

So what about those who seem to be living in error? What is the standard?

The work of the spirit is to help us hear Papa’s voice, and show us His ways. But doing our own selfish thing works against Papa’s ways.

And He is always for us. How can we turn that away?

The world will not fall apart if we let the Spirit do its work. Surely we can trust Papa? Yes! He will never lead anyone away from His ways. This is called grace.

Help others learn to hear Papa too. If you try to make others fit your idea of how to find the way, you have gotten it wrong. Each one listens for only one voice – Papa’s!

Truly, the only reason to step in is when someone is causing harm. Harm comes from selfishness. It is the opposite of love and grace, and is not from Papa.

But love never fails. Above all, love each other! If it is love, let it be. Rejoice!

And now, from Papa, and Jesus, who loved us and gave Himself for us, and from me, your sister, love and grace.

 

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Jesus told the woman taken in adultery that He did not condemn her, though the law said He must. He then told her to go and sin no more. It’s my opinion that she was forgiven at that point. Jesus forgave sins and the religious leaders called it blasphemy, for He made himself equal with God – only God could forgive transgressions of the law.

The woman went her way, set free. Did she break the law again? I’m  sure she did. We know that it is impossible to keep it. Jesus was not laying an impossible burden on her, but was instead freeing her.

 

Then there is the crippled man. Jesus told him to take up his bed and walk. He was healed, but didn’t know who it was that healed him. So then Jesus found him in the temple and told him to go and sin no more, lest a worse thing happen to him.

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I think it was important for this man to know he too was forgiven of his transgressions  because Jesus then told him that he was made whole. In the Jewish mind, whole that meant saved and delivered as well as physically healed.

The Jews also thought that being a cripple meant that someone had sinned, parents or the person, to bring this punishment upon someone. Jesus told the man he was whole. Being whole, he could go his way, not transgressing and not subject to some other “punishment”.

It’s all in how you read it and understand it, through the finished work of Christ.  

So the man went his way, forgiven. He sinned no more because, like the woman, Jesus had the power on earth to forgive. When Jesus forgave, it was total. Those whom He forgave were free before the cross, just as we are free from any condemnation after the cross. The timing means little in God’s view and plan.

 

This is by a friend, John P. Cwynar
I realize that humanly speaking, there is a process to everything, but I think it can be over done when it comes to forgiveness. We stall the act of forgiveness by saying “we don’t feel it” or “we are just not ready to forgive someone” or “forgiveness takes time.” As a counselor, I realize that it is extremely difficult to let go of years & years of being abused… especially when there is no repentance on the part of the abuser.

But forgiveness is not only difficult… it is an impossible task for a human to do… and yet forgiveness took place in an instant 2,000 years ago. Jesus did what we could never do… and He did it in our place at the cost of His Life. Forgiveness is already a completed act on behalf of every man, woman and child that has ever lived. No offense exists between me and God or me and every man that has not already been forgiven.

To forgive one another AS Christ has forgiven us… is to consciously enter into agreement with what Jesus has already done. When someone ‘offends me’… and I forgive them… I am just saying the AMEN to what Jesus has already done. I remove the perceived offense on my end, because the offense in reality has already been removed. The thorn and weight of the offense has already been removed for me, so that I can heal and move on with my life.

The perceived ‘process’ of forgiveness has to do with our feelings. Feeling forgiven or feeling that we have forgiven another is what often takes time… even though we have forgiven. But, waiting to forgive until I feel like forgiving, is like leaving the thorn in the wound and expecting it to heal. Or it is like continuing to carry an unnecessary and unbearable burden… and wondering why I can’t seem to move on with my life. The act of forgiveness done in Jesus Name allows us to let it go once and for all days… because He has done it already for me. His Spirit enables me to do this.

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By John P. Cwynar
Forgiveness: A Process or An Act?

This is an opinion piece. If I quoted scriptures, choosing the version that best fits my purpose (and even thought I generally like the most literal) I know that many would be more than happy to quote other scriptures that contradict what I say. So, none of that. Just my thoughts, trying to express has been revealed to my heart by God. Yes, by God.

We who are saved and know it, are the most blessed on the earth. Those who are not saved can only hope for the best when they meet their maker. This is extremely good news for those who know their redeemer. It is in fact called the good news, the gospel. We are called out to spread the good news.

Does this mean that the rest of the world is going to hell? Some would say so. I can’t (except that yes, all are going to the grave). Those who lived between Adam and Moses sinned, but God says He doesn’t charge it against them. They did all die, which is the penalty of Adam’s disobedience. Then the law of Moses came, and there were also penalties for transgressions, but the guilt and judgements were staved off by the sacrifices. Except for the occasional stoning.

Then Jesus came. He paid it all. The penalty of death, and the punishment of the law, even though he did not break the law. He paid to the uttermost, every mouth is stopped, and it is finished.

What does that mean to the unbelievers? It means that sin (click on the link) was taken away from the world. The lamb of God did that. He did not fail. So, no sinning remains. Those who see sinning do not understand the finished work of the Jesus, and neither to they understand grace.

People who do not believe are said to have the principle of the law written on their hearts by God, and they have had it since Adam. They still have it and will be judged by it, whether they did what they knew was right or did not. Still, there is no penalty for breaking the law in the heart. Never was one given.

I believe that God of course will do the right thing by all his creation. I believe that when the dead works of all are burnt up, the people themselves will be saved by the same fire, purified and right with God. Will some not make it through that fire? I don’t know. But I do believe that there will be a lot of happy surprises in the time of resurrection.

Christ made the way back to God for us. He has rescued humanity by his sacrifice. It is confirmed by his resurrection, as the first among many. All died in Adam and all will be made alive in Jesus. There are many abodes in Papa’s house.

Those who believe have his life now in this age. And in the life to come. Those who don’t believe must wait and hope. Knowing is much better! I’d like to think I’d choose to know, but that is not how it works. We believe, and then we know.

The church needs to stop basing its concepts on Dante’s Inferno. It’s fiction, people. Hell is the grave. It’s also a garbage dump. In Jesus’ day, people understood it as continually on fire, where animals gnashed their teeth fighting for scraps, where there was wailing – a place of waste and destruction. His hearers would have gotten the point. We have missed it.

Sometimes it’s a mythological place of the dead, or Hades. Mythological. I don’t recommend believing myths.

So why even bother to proclaim the gospel of the kingdom? Why did the early Christians turn the world upside down? Why? Because it is gloriously freeing news. It brings us back to our Father. Then we go out make disciples and more come to know their Father. He desires that. And there is healing in salvation. Why would we not want to go out and bring the will of heaven to earth?

The kingdom is in our midst, and we spend too much time sitting around the table with our immediate family. Our family includes all who are not sitting at the table yet. Go out and invite them in. We debate about who will be in or out. Let’s let them in and then let God sort it out.

The upshot of what I am saying is that some are saved in this life – made whole, rescued, preserved, healed. The called out ones. We are in the kingdom now. We are righteous because Jesus has made us righteous. To be righteous means to be accepted by God, to be innocent, and as to the law, guiltless and virtuous.

But many will also be accepted by God in that new day that is coming. Righteous. Multitudes. Great and small, He loves them all. Is this Christian universalism? Maybe. But I’d rather have to explain why I drew a bigger circle and took them in, than to explain why I excluded the very ones Jesus died for.

Will there be multitudes in the kingdom, or will there be a relative few? How big is your God? How many made it out of Egypt? Was it not a mixed multitude? Most eventually died after the law was given. That’s what the law does. It brings death.

Jesus brings life and reconciliation. That is our ministry – reconciliation. We are His hands and feet. We can allow things, or disallow them, and God will approve. We can forgive sin. We can hold up those who need to be held up. We have authority to do these things. We bring God’s will, which lives in us by grace, from heaven to earth.

OK. The happy heretic is done. Fire at will.

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